5 Reasons to Choose Aluminum Foil Tape

5 Reasons To Choose Foil Tape for High Performance Building Projects | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blog

Combine the versatility of aluminum and the weather-resistant sealing power of pressure sensitive adhesive and you have an extremely versatile product. So much, in fact, that aluminum foil tape is used in the aerospace industry, thanks to its moisture and chemical resistance, thermal conductivity, flame resistance, heat and light reflectance, and weatherability. However, not all foil tapes are created equal, especially when it comes to performing in varied conditions.  

Here are the five reasons ECHOtape’s aluminum foil tape may just be the right tool for the task at hand.

1. UL 723 rated and meets International Building Code standards

UL 723 is a test to measure the surface burning properties of building materials. In particular it looks at the rate of flame spread and the density of smoke developed. In order to meet the International Building Code’s definition of fire-resistant, a composite material must have a flame spread rating no greater than 50. ECHOTape’s All Purpose Aluminum Foil Tape has a flame spread rating of 0 and smoked developed rating of 0. This is worth noting because not all cloth-backed duct tapes or foil tapes are UL 723 rated.

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How Realistic Are Zero Energy Ready Homes?

How Realistic Are Zero Energy Ready Homes | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blogWe’ve seen the future of home building and it’s got one thing in common: zero.  As in Zero Energy Ready Homes.  This type of home, which outperforms standard buildings and delivers the opportunity for ultra-low or nonexistent energy bills, is also an exciting growth industry. While a relatively small percentage of home builders are constructing them today, their popularity will likely keep rising as their success becomes well known.

In plain English, a zero energy home is not just a “green home” or a home with solar panels. Zero energy homes are ultra-comfortable, healthy, quiet, sustainable homes that are affordable to live in. They are regular grid-tied homes that are so air-tight, well insulated, and energy efficient that they produce as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year, leaving the occupants with a net zero energy bill, and a carbon-free home.  

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Listen Up! 9 Great Podcasts for Construction Pros

Construction Podcasts - Are You Listening | via TAPED, the ECHotape blogOn average, contractors spend about about 51 minutes commuting each day, so why not mix up your daily dose of sports talk radio? Podcasts are basically radio shows you can download to your phone or tablet and take with you anywhere; plus, they are a great way to keep you entertained and informed during your drive time.

To get started, we rounded up 9 of our favorite construction podcasts:

  1. Building Performance Podcast.  Hosted by Corbett Lunsford of the Building Performance Workshop, this interview series draws on the experience and ideas of high performance building pros around the world. Think engineers, policy makers, contractors, diagnosticians, architects, and building managers, among others.
  2. ConTechTrio.  If you haven’t had a chance to listen to this show yet, check it out! Rob McKinney (@conappguru), James Benham (@JamesMBenham), and Josh Bone (@BIM2theBone) discuss the latest construction news and are typically joined by a heavy hitter in the construction tech world.  All 3 hosts are part of the JB Knowledge team, which created products like Smart Bid Net, Smart Compliance, Smart Reality, and Smart Insight.

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Market Research for Dummies

Getting Closer to Customers | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blogTraditionally, when large companies develop an idea, whether it’s a new product or a redesigned website, they start by hiring a market research firm to gather data about the segment and make recommendations before going to R&D. It’s a strategic, methodical approach… that is also incredibly expensive and time consuming.

Small companies like ours simply don’t have the resources for that, which makes it very tempting to skip market research all together and just dive right into the development stage.  Don’t!

You’re not going to succeed without doing research. How else are you going to find out if there will be any kind of demand for your idea? Who will want to buy it? What size is that market? How might you position yourself relative to competitors?

How do we get closer to consumers and their pain points?

We are asking those questions every day here at ECHOtape, and we are testing some new research channels.  For example, we are working with a digital agency who is helping us leverage LinkedIn, content and search. As part of that effort, we have an online campaign that sends a free roll of specialty tape to key markets in exchange for feedback and information about how customers are using our tape.

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To Suit or Not to Suit – ECHOtape digs in to the Dress Code Debate

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For many years, ECHOtape’s dress code has been Business Casual with the requisite Jean Friday. As a manufacturing company with warehouse and production space,  ties and high heels pose a significant safety hazard.  But recently, my daughter switched jobs and it has me thinking about office dress codes.

For the past few years, she’s worked in a millennial-centric workplace. Mostly jean casual, but with a hipster flair, trendy shoes or pink braid extensions. But then she got a job with Morgan Stanley, where the mantra seems to be, “You are only as good as your tailor.” Bye-bye denim. Hello, pencil skirt and peep toe pumps.  She loves the job, hates the dress code.

Which makes me wonder… what is the norm?

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The Case for Continuous Insulation Heats Up

Recently, we attended a Continuous Insulation webinar put on by Owens Corning for the ICAA,  and we loved this opening analogy by Drew Clausen:

Imagine you are traveling up in northern Wisconsin. Your car breaks down and it’s the middle of winter.  You get out of the car to inspect the problem and quickly realize:  You are cold.  Why? Because this is your jacket.  All your heat is escaping from the holes.

 

Then Rufus jumps out of the car to see what’s going on. Rufus is not cold. He is completely warm. Then again, his body is encased in a continue layer of fur, thermal and moisture resistant fur. That’s the idea behind continuous insulation.

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ECHOtape Partners with Babson College

Babson College MBA Students Gather to Address Residential Construction Growth | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blogGrowing any business is a challenge. We realized early in ECHOtape’s 40-year history that for our small business to grow, we needed a steady stream of ideas.  Most often, those ideas came from customers who had real-world problems that needed an adhesive solution. That’s been our core business model for decades, but as we ready ourselves for the next phase of corporate growth, we decided to look elsewhere for new ideas. One of those places is academia.

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10 Simple Tips to Remove Tape Residue

Best Ways to Remove Tape Residue | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blog

 

HOW TO REMOVE TAPE RESIDUE

What’s the No. 1 reason why contractors love to use adhesive tape on the job site? Because it sticks in almost any condition. That, of course, is the same reason why we loathe it when it won’t come off.  Heavy duty construction adhesives and their sticky, gooey residues can be a real challenge to remove from surfaces.

Why does this happen, and what can you do about it? Our site did a great job explaining why residue occurs, but what you really want to know is… how can you remove tape residue without damaging the underlying material, right?!  

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Duct Tape vs Gaffer’s Tape: Do You Know the Differences?

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If you can’t fix it, duct it. Or so that saying goes. But.. what if MacGyver’s favorite adhesive was actually gaffer’s tape? Both are multi-purpose, pressure-sensitive tapes with a strong hold due to fabric reinforcement. But do you know which one is best for construction? Which one is more heat tolerant? Water resistant? Tearable?

Knowing the specific characteristics between duct tape and gaffer’s tape will ensure you choose the right tape for your job. Let’s break it down:

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Insulation Trends with Risa Edelstein & the ICAA

ICAA Report Spotlight with Risa Edelstein | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blog

For more than 35 years, the Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA), the trade association for residential and commercial thermal insulation contractors, has been helping insulators and their suppliers. As we all know, issues and improvements surrounding thermal insulation, air sealing and the building envelope will only continue to rise in importance. The ICAA is at the forefront of this trend, so it was only natural that we join such a lauded organization.

Recently, Director of Marketing Risa Edelstein sat down with the editors of ICAA magazine.  Check out the ECHOtape Spotlight article, or continue to read an excerpt below:

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Top Online Resources for High Performance Building Pros

The Best High Performance Building Resources Online | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blog

We love discovering new resources and vibrant personalities that make the building industry unique. Being able to tap into their expertise online is just an added bonus, so we decided to share a few of our favorites with you.  Why? To give busy professionals like you a snapshot on who’s who, what’s trending and how it’s being done in high performance building today.  Here’s who, and what, we are reading today:

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Old School Traditions – ECHOtape’s Annual Yearbook

The People Behind the Tape | via TAPED, the ECHOtape blogEvery year it is one of the biggest days for our staff. There are whispers and giggles and outright laughs.  No, this isn’t the annual golf event or the Shave to Save fundraiser. (Although that’s fun, too!) We’re talking about the Annual ECHOtape Company Yearbook, published at the end of each year.  As with previous editions, everyone in the company contributes something — be it a personal profile, funny anecdote, awesome photos or a letter to share.  HR keeps the final project under a shroud of secrecy; no sneak peaks by company execs. In fact, not even our CEO sees the final cover! Yearbooks are handed out the day before Christmas, and like the best holiday gift, it’s a delightful surprise to everyone. Printed old school style — on paper! — it’s a loving, if not hilarious, snapshot of life at ECHOtape, and a tradition that we’re extremely proud to share.

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